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Berlin police seize ‘A. Hitler’ paintings on forgery suspicions at auction

A police raid Thursday ended a Berlin auction house's plans to open bidding on three bland pastoral watercolor works supposedly painted by Adolf Hitler between 1910-11.

Berlin, 26 January 2019 (MIA) – A police raid Thursday ended a Berlin auction house’s plans to open bidding on three bland pastoral watercolor works supposedly painted by Adolf Hitler between 1910-11.

Hitler had aspired to be an artist before he turned to politics, rose to lead the Nazi party and organized the mass murder of over 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. Hundreds of his artworks exist, as do many forgeries, DW reported.

Spokesperson Patricia Brämer from the Berlin State Police Office (LKA) confirmed to DW that police had taken the three paintings from the Kloss Auction House in order to investigate suspicions of forgery.

The police had acted after a private person informed them yesterday that the three works signed “A. Hitler” could, in fact, be fakes, Brämer said. After initial investigations by the police’s team of art experts, the police obtained legal permission to seize the works from the auction house on suspicion of fraud and forged certification, she added.

With the paintings now in police possession, investigators will continue to examine whether the certificates of authenticity for the three paintings are legitimate.

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